At the start of lockdown Platform One College of Music launched a new songwriting showcase opportunity.
This was open to Island residents aged between 14 and 24 years old – not just students enrolled at Platform One. There was no limit with regards to musical genre – an opportunity to get to create original music.
Each entry submitted two songs, which went to a music industry panel for feedback.
The response was incredible. There was such a diverse range of music from folk to metal. It was also fantastic to get so many entries from solo artists with such mature songwriting skills.David Pontin director of Platform One
The level of musicianship in this year’s Wight Noize songwriting initiative has been outstanding and I was blown away by the incredible talent we have here on the Island. With the challenges imposed during lockdown, I was impressed to see how resourceful and creative these young artists have been with writing and recording their music. With this kind of attitude I can see a very bright future ahead for themJess Paine – Chief Community Officer, SyncBaby
The initiative replaced this year’s Wight Noize Industry Showcase that normally sees one young band or artists play on the mainstage at the Isle of Wight Festival.
It is wonderful that Platform One was able to continue to support young emerging artists and bands through this new songwriting showcase. Platform One does an incredible job and we are always committed in supporting them.John Giddings – Solo / Isle of Wight Festival
We look forward to welcoming back the Platform One Stage in 2021 – which will be the nineteenth year that Platform One has been involved with the Isle of Wight Festival. Platform One is certainly an important and integral part of the Isle of Wight Festival family.
The panel has given detailed feedback to each and every entry however the three that really stood out were:
ODDA – the selected front runner will receive a professional recording session at Platform One’s Studio One – with a producer. In addition, Platform One will supply any session musicians needed.
ODDA – which is the talented Oliver Old – commented:
I’m very humbled to have won this year’s Wight Noize and I’m grateful for the people at Platform One who still take the time to invest in music.ODDA – Oliver Old
Platform One is current working hard preparing to welcome back students for the new academic year and is still taking new applicants for September.